However, on Monday, Manasiya told that the temple authorities refused to allow her the performance. This step was taken despite the announcement of his name in the program notice. Manasiya was born in a Muslim family. She says that the organizers told over the phone that she could not perform. When Manasiya asked the reason, the organizers said that non-Hindus are not allowed in the temple.
Congress MP and former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor reacted to this development. He said that other religions make every effort to attract others to join. Respect their religion. The doors of mosques, churches, gurudwaras are open for all. But, some fellow Hindus prefer to close our temples to outsiders. Taking to Twitter, he asked, ‘Where is Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam?’
Talking to news agency ANI, Tharoor said that he understands the entry restrictions in the sanctum sanctorum of some temples. The Congress leader said, “But it is a matter of performing along with other artistes in the temple premises. Shocked that the temple is not allowing this.
Tharoor said, ‘I believe this is not good for our society. It also damages our perception of religion in the eyes of others.
According to news agency PTI, Kudalmanikyam Devaswom President Pradeep Menon said that the decision to ban the artist is part of the temple tradition. He said that since the program is taking place inside the temple premises. Hence, the decision was taken following the tradition of the temple.
Menon said, “As per the current temple tradition, non-Hindus are not allowed. Even the advertisement of the program clearly stated that only Hindus need to apply to perform in the temple.